Iran Wonders: Where’s the Outrage Over US Nuke Threat?

International Community Mum on Threatened Nuclear First Strike

The Iranian government is today expressing anger at the lack of international reaction to the Obama Administration’s nuclear policy platform, which included a threat to launch a nuclear attack against Iran.

It is regrettable that official international bodies remained silent on the implicit
and unwise threat of US President Barack Obama
,” noted the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani.

Indeed other than a comment by a former Austrian Ambassador calling the threat a violation of international law, officials have roundly praised the administration for nominally taking the nuclear first strike option off the table for most of the world.

Earlier this month Iran filed a formal complaint with the United Nations over the threats, including repeated claims by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that “all bets are off” with respect to a nuclear first strike on Iran. It is unclear when the UN will take up the issue, or if they will at all.

Author: Jason Ditz

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